Top 25 of 2017

For the third year in a row I’ve been keeping track of all the new films I’ve been watching and thus it’s time for another round up of my 25 favourite films of the year. It’s been a fantastic year with a lot of fanatic movies. Out of the 80 2017 UK releases i’ve seen, these are the ones that i’ve loved the most.

25. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

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By no means original nor perfect but J:WttJ is surprisingly fun and pretty funny with a great cast on fine form, Karen Gillan and Jack Black are particularly brilliant. It’s a romp and perfect Sunday afternoon fare.

24. Trainspotting 2

Dazzling and grim with a killer soundtrack. Never saw the first one until just before I caught this sequel and I gotta say I loved this more.

23. Seoul Station

This strange animated prequel to last years superb Train to Busan is an oddity, perhaps a little too grim compared to its predecessor. Yet some great set pieces and a palpable sense of dread make it a great zombie treat.

22. Battle of the Sexes

Great performances and style, this is less about tennis as it is about the central relationship between the two women and it shows.

21. Detroit

Spectacular performances from the pro and antagonists. It captures a slice of the culture of the time and isn’t just a grim real life tale.

20. Colossal

Weird but I like weird

19. Wonder Woman

That scene in No-Mans Land is one of the best scenes of the year and Gal Gadot is simply breathtaking as Diana

18. The Lego Batman Movie

Funny, sharp and impossible not to enjoy

17. Blade Runner 2049

Visually and musically dazzling with some wonderful set pieces and performances

16. Atomic Blonde

Sexy in every sense of the word. An explosion of the senses with incredible action scenes.

15. Gifted

A wonderful little underrated gem. Emotional and engaging.

14. Free Fire

Sharp, concise and fun as hell. Free Fire is a ride from start to finish.

13. The Death of Stalin

Laugh out loud funny and uncompromisingly dark. An excellent mix and a great film.

12. The Limehouse Golem

Old gothic grisly with excellent atmosphere and a great score.

11. Thor: Ragnarok

Very funny, very silly and a breath of fresh air.

10. Get Out

Brilliantly darkly humorous, superbly made with some great moments of cheer, shock and gore.

9. The Red Turtle

A stunning piece of work. Moving, sweet and sublime, this is a masterful story of life that captures a spark of deft imagination and beauty.

8. John Wick: Chapter 2

Stunning action and an extra focus on plot make this a well honed and incredibly enjoyable film

7. La La Land

Music, melancholy and gorgeous visuals. A wonderful old school musical with more than a hint of sadness.

6. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Bold, beautiful and often jaw dropping. Sure it’s divisive but I’d rather it be a film that takes risks than is horribly safe.

5. Logan

Jackman and Stewart are on incredible form. The film is dark, brutal and heartbreaking but ultimately the film these characters deserved.

4. IT

Scary, funny but most importantly well made. Pennywise is a fantastic villain and all of the young performers are brilliant and endearing.

3. Baby Driver

Marries my love of action set pieces to music and is brilliant at it.

2. Paddington 2

Made me cry, made me laugh. As good as the first if maybe a tad less so yet it’s warm hearted joyousness is the perfect antidote to the world and an incredible experience.

1. The Big Sick

A true surprise. Funny, tender, heartbreaking and honest. I loved every single second.


6. Some Time in Late 2017

“Wind’s in the east, a mist coming in

Like something is brewing and about to begin

Can’t put my finger on what lies in store

but I feel what’s to happen has happened before”

In January I got a flat. In March I got a job. In April I got married. Many other things have happened between then and now, from new friendships to money worries, 2017 has been an eventful year and to me the time has simply flown by.

The trouble is I haven’t written, barely at all. Primarily because of the varying hours of my job, also because the rest of my free time is spent with Amy, my friends or my family and it’s been hard trying to find time to watch new TV let alone sit down in a quiet coffee shop and blather on about it. I want that to change, I just need to wake up earlier, set myself some goals and bloomin’ well get on with it.

I haven’t been totally idle, mind. My writers club made another book, I’ve watched a lot of films, been on some small day trips and holidays and at work I’ve aimed to expand into others areas. I host the Movie quiz every once in a while y’know.

I just can’t quite find the time to do this sort of writing. The times there, taunting me, I’m just not implementing it wisely enough. I guess I’ll call it something of a year off but hey, it’s been a busy year.

It’s nearly 2018 now, the cold wind blows and the Christmas decorations are up for the first time in our new abode soon to come down. Our new house mate, Andrew, says he loves living with us because we’ve made it feel like a cosy home. All I can say is that it took a lot of work and time to make it this welcoming.

There’s that word again, time. Who was it that said “Time marches on” or was it a song? Anyway, it’s doing its thing and 2018 is going to be another big year. Lots of self improvement, body modification, expanding relationships and a kitten called Marceline. We have a lot in store and a lot of time to do it.

My biggest hope is that I can continue this writing lark and make 2018 a great year.

Anyway, how was your Christmas?

La La Land Review: A Masterpiece of Music, Magic and Melancholy


Sometime in 2011 a little Rom-Com called ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’ came out. It’s perhaps been both overrated and underrated in the years since, whilst it may be clunky and cliched, it also had a fantastic cast, a great script and some great scenes that subverted certain tropes.

What it’s perhaps best known for now is a tender scene in a bedroom where the hot guy and girl end up talking all night instead of bonking their gorgeous brains out. It’s a touching scene that, despite being dressed in Hollywood sheen, feels more relatable than the majority of romantic comedies. Continue reading

Silence Review: Pray for Silence and Great Hair


I expected Silence to be this years ‘The Revenant’. A tale of faith and courage against the background of a harsh wilderness and harsher people. I expected Scorsese, of all people, to make a film that made 2 hours and 40 minutes feel brisk. I expected that the great reviews the film was getting were on to something, pointing to the appearance of a new classic.

Nope. Nothing like that. Continue reading

Top 25 Films of 2016 – Part Four (10-6)

Continuing my top 25 films of 2016 list.

10. Star Trek: Beyond


I was not a big fan of Into Darkness and the trailers for this didn’t exactly excite me. Yet, with new writers and a new director, Beyond went back to its roots. Trading a cacophony of action for intelligence, well-drawn characters and fan-pleasing details. It didn’t mean the action scenes it did have weren’t spectacular as the destruction of the Enterprise and the Swarm were both emotional and joyous. Continue reading

Top 25 Films of 2016 – Part Three (15-11)

Continuing my top 25 films of 2016 list.

15. Fantastic Beasts


Johnny Depp aside, Fantastic Beasts was actually better than I expected it to be based on its mediocre reviews. I really enjoyed these new characters, the added darkness and the rich world building. The finale is thrilling and the performances are all hugely engaging. It mainly gets this high up the list because of the nostalgia factor and the New York local but it holds its own.

Highlight: Creedence Rampages Continue reading